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Chico, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chico fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Chico peaked in March 2010 at 14.0% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Chico unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.1% -0.1 0.0
Chico 5.1% 0.0 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chico, California, National

Chico, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chico, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chico peaked in April 2010 at 14,341. There are now 9,127 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,983 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 231. Chico employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chico, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Chico 5,214 -97 +231

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chico, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1%
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 5.1% 5,214
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.1% 5,311
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 5.2% 5,437
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 5.4% 5,567
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 5.4% 5,594
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 5.3% 5,477
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 5.2% 5,374
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 5.0% 5,175
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 5.0% 5,165
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.9% 5,114

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.